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Jennifer Rose Sunderlin

Family Attorney at Clifton Park, NY

4.6   11 reviews

also known as Jennifer Sunderlin Morton, Jennifer R. Morton

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

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About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Representation in Family Court Custody matters, enforcement of Custody Orders, and Custody matters in the context of divorce actions. Previously trained and certified as an Attorney for the Child (a/k/a "Law Guardian").

    16 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Skilled representation throughout the separation and divorce process from pre-divorce strategy planning through trial, and all stages of pleadings, drafting, motion practice, and settlement negotiation relative to the action.

    16 years

  3. Family
    25%
    Skilled representation in matters concerning: - Child Custody - Domestic Violence & Family Offense Proceedings - Child & Spousal Support - Military Child Support Matters - Enforcement of Court Orders of custody or support.

    16 years

  4. Child abuse
    10%
    Abuse, Neglect, & Maltreatment cases, and well as appeal of indicated Child Protective Services Reports. I have also been appointed by the courts to serve as an Attorney for the Child (a/k/a "Law Guardian) in numerous Abuse and Neglect proceedings.

    16 years

  5. Domestic violence
    10%
    Representation regarding Family Court Orders of Protection, Domestic Violence, and Divorce matters where domestic violence is a factor.

  6. Appeals
    5%
    Representation in Family Court and Matrimonial Appeals, including case management, drafting, and oral argument.

I have dedicated my practice exclusively to Family & Matrimonial law in Albany, NY and the surrounding areas for more than 12 years. Though my office is in Clifton Park, I have appeared in courts in Duchess, Ulster, Columbia, Delaware, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties.


I can help colleagues and potential clients with issues regarding:

Family and Matrimonial Law:
- Child Custody
- Child Support & Spousal Support

- Domestic Violence, Family Offenses and Family Court Orders of Protection

- Divorce
- Separation
- Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

- Settlement Negotiation

- Mediation advisement

- Defense of Family Court Abuse or Neglect actions

- Family Court and Divorce appeals

I have also served on the Appellate Division Third Department Panel for Attorneys for Children, and represented the interests of children in Custody, Abuse, and Neglect proceedings.

I offer a discount to my standard hourly rate for professional (IAFF) Firefighters.

Telephone and virtual conferences remain available to prospective clients despite the recent closures related to COVID-19. Moreover, the courts remain open to hear family offense petitions. Please call my office to set up a consultation.

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New York State Attorney Jennifer Sunderlin Morton Introduction
What is the Difference Between Joint and Sole Custody in NYS?
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Location

Falco & Morton Law, P.L.L.C.
258 Ushers Rd.
Suite 201
Clifton Park, NY, 12065

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Daniel | July 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The first and last phone call
Mrs. Morton was extremely knowledgeable, respectful, and fought to win in my case. Mrs. Morton gives no-nonsense honest legal advice. Mrs. Morton is well respected in the legal community by her peers which was evident as my case progressed. Mrs. Morton's advice should be followed to the "T." Mrs. Morton has extensive niche expertise with First Responder, Professional Firefighter, and Law Enforcement cases. She understands the unique challenges those clients face in the Divorce/Family Court legal arenas and is more than well prepared to advocate for her clients interests. I could not imagine going through what I did with any other attorney. There are not enough stars to positively rate Mrs. Morton. I have a wonderful relationship with my child that would be much different without Mrs. Morton's expertise and counsel. Selecting the right attorney is the first and usually most important decision you will make. I have no regrets having retained Mrs. Morton.
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Posted by Christopher | December 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fights to the end
Recently went up against this woman in a family court matter, even knowing she had no chance in the world to win her case she still fought to the end. She ultimately lost her case but never gave up. I’d hire her in a second.
Response from Jennifer Sunderlin April 9, 2020
You were the opposing party in a custody proceeding, which we settled. Though I do not consider the favorable settlement to my client which we reached prior to the close of the your direct case to be a "loss" by any means, I thank you for this positive statement.
Posted by Pete | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and thorough
Jen was super thorough in explaining the options and procedure for something that clearly I didn’t deal with everyday. Her professionalism made what could seemily be a painful experience go as smooth as possible.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody and Support
Jen has been my attorney since the start of what was without the most traumatic and difficult thing that I have ever experianced. Throughout the entirety of it she has always been extremely professional both in and outside the courtroom. Well prepared, no-nonsense, straight to the point type of personality, which anyone in those positions can certainly appreciate. I am grateful for the help and guidance she has provided throughout, and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Angela | June 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Needed a lawyer asap
Having a issue in family court with the father having a lawyer and me given one that did not understand the whole situation . It appeared to me that he did not have my best interest addressed sufficiently. My mom couldn't understand the unfairness and disrespect that was happening to me. She immediately went on line to Avvo checking out specific lawyers . Jennifer was who she said I needed with all the investigating she did . She was right with just one appearance on my behalf was able to balance out the indifference and clear up the issues I was having not being represented accordingly by a well qualified attorney. I would strongly recommend Jennifer if you are in need of a highly skilled fast and efficient lawyer . Thank you so much Jennifer
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Posted by Liz | July 15, 2015
Tenacious and caring
Jennifer Sunderlin helped me navigate the world of same-sex union prior to the SCOTUS decision that changed legal standing for same-sex couples on a federal level. Jen is personable, caring, and unrelenting in her advocacy for her clients. If I ever need anything related to family law in the future, Jen will be my first call!
Posted by Jolene | July 8, 2015
Child Custody/Relocation Case
Jennifer Sunderlin is a knowledgable, resourceful professional who not only got me the outcome I desired, but also kept me informed, and helped me to remain calm through this difficult time. I would highly recommend Mrs. Sunderlin for anyone, man or woman, who needs a resourceful go getter with a heart!
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2015
Attorney Jennifer Sunderlin
Attorney Sunderlin has been working with our family for the past few years on personal child-custody related issues. She has always been professional in her personal dealings with us regarding this case as well as in court proceedings. I have appreciated her experience and knowledge of the issues of our case as well as her ability to efficiently network with community resources as needed at various times during our case.
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Posted by Matthew | January 5, 2015
Generous, Supportive, highly professional and kind
Mrs. Sunderlin has exceeded my expectations. Mrs. Sunderlin is an excellent attorney who prides herself on being thorough, practical and punctual. Mrs. Sunderlin works diligently for her clients making me feel as if I am her only client. Mrs. Sunderlin works hard for her clients. Hire Her!
Posted by dave | January 12, 2013
country client
Jen stuck with me through thick and thin in a MISERABLE custody battle (is there any other kind??) spanning years and litigation in at least 3 different counties, dealing with uncaring Law Guardians and bizarre and ill conceived decisions from the Court. In each instance, she was well prepared for Court and was excellent in Motion Practice, ultimately winning several key points. Her negotiation skills are excellent, as was her professionalism and compassion throughout this horrible ordeal.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2015
Client letter of displeasure is billable hours--plus a rude response as well!
I would actually like to talk to the Better Business Bureau to find out if it is ethical to charge a client for writing *to* the lawyer a letter of complaint, and getting billed for reading that letter and for writing a response. It's certainly rude. It's certainly insult to injury. And (!), our family only lives on SSI and child support. Billable hours for complaints--a new low for lawyers :-( . One of the things I wrote in the letter to say why I was displeased was the complete lack of communication. She told me that that's how she helps save money for people like me (to fail to communicate). She DID have the time to write her full explanation to my complaints, but not the time to make a strategy. My case was more complicated than the cut-and-dry, cut-and-paste legal formalities: it involved pressing the father to pay for out-of-network health coverage for the children. Instead of learning that health insurance _does not cover_ this illness (I have a friend who has to take her daughter to either Boston or to Westchester County for help), she repeatedly asked, "WHY are you going out-of-network?" I did it to care for these children. She didn't like my case, so she didn't work well for it. If this lawyer doesn't like your case up front, do NOT stick with her. But....given the lack of communication, just...don't do it... A one-word yes or no follow-up via phone or email could have be responsible ***and respectful** legal use of time and money. If you don't have money, she doesn't do it. And she and her office don't take constructive criticism--AT ALL. Not only did she not believe in the validity of my case, she was rude in communication from the get-go. I was assigned this lawyer from the firm because she would be the 'cheapest'. She certainly cost me more of my health, and lost me faith in humans--the consistent disrespect was exhausting. This case involved a negotiation with the ex. She came completely unprepared, which she herself referred to when she told me the surprising offer that the ex gave for legal fees (she only knew April's legal fees and not January through May). She prepared for negotiations **without me*** and the night before and day of. WHEN I COMPLAINED -- that that was unprofessional and that that hurt my health (I'm on SSI, yes?), I ***got billed for writing a letter of complaint and for her writing a response to me.***. Is she intelligent? Yes. Is she knowledgeable about the law? Yes. If you have a cut-and-dry case, go for it. Be sure to get emotional support while working with her however--moreso than in other legal / divorce-type actions. Her framework is highly negative and is always about worst-case scenerio. In fact, that IS the thing that she shoots for -- and gets: worst case. She's good for that.
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Response from Jennifer Sunderlin April 13, 2016
I recall your case and our experience though you did not sign this comment. I pride myself on being a direct attorney. I very much respect the retainer funds that people provide to my office, which is why I strive to outline all of the risks and benefits of litigation. When we first met, you had already filed two pro se support petitions, neither of which met the required legal standards or had proper evidentiary support were they to proceed to trial. I explained to you the law relative to your petitions, and outlined the documentation and assistance that I would need from you to best present your case. It was clear that you were displeased by the legal standard by which your petitions would be assessed, and the burden of proof you had to meet to succeed---your disappointment upset me too, because on a personal level it was clear to me that you were a dedicated mother doing the right thing for your children. I cannot change the law. I do not foster unreasonable expectations in my clients. It was known to me that you are living with a traumatic brain injury, and manage various physical and mental health issues. I also provided you with information regarding a reduced-cost legal clinic program which may be able to assist you if you did not want me to represent you; you declined. I do bill for my services, including all client correspondence. Respecting your finances, I tried to keep my communication with you clear and direct, and to limit my time to matters directly relevant to your case. You ignored my advice, and failed to cooperate in obtaining necessary documentation for your case which you represented that you had. Never was I unprepared for court. You were always treated by me and my office with empathy and respect. On your behalf and without a trial, I was able to negotiate a very favorable settlement whereby you received an increase in child support, payment for documented medical expenses owed, a provision for payment of out of network healthcare services, and even an award of attorney fees, none of which would have been possible at trial. You accepted this settlement at court and represented that you were pleased at that time. I am sorry that you are unhappy now with this favorable result.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., PC
  • 2010 - 2024
  • Associate
  • Tully Rinckey, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Summer Law Clerk
  • Hon. David N. Hurd, U.S. District Judge, Northern District Of New York
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Student Attorney
  • Albany Law School Civil Rights & Disabilities Law Project
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Oneida County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Albany Law School, Lawyering Department
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Offices of Richard N. Bach
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Legal Intern for the Honorable Robert F. Julian
  • New York State Supreme Court, Oneida County
  • 2004 - 2004
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Hamilton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • Stockholm University
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • False allegations of abuse
  • sole custody awarded to Father
  • Relocation denied
  • Relocation Denied
  • Amanda YY v. Faisal ZZ, 3d Dep't 2021
  • Lower court decision upheld; cert denied to the Court of Appeals
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Associations

  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Schenectady County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Albany Law Review
  • Executive Editor for Business
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyers (Family Law)
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2023
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2022
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2021
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2019
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • SuperLawyer's Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2015
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Leadership Tech Valley class of 2010
  • Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010
  • Founder's Scholarship
  • Albany Law School
  • 2004
  • Dean's List
  • Albany Law School
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Albany Law Review
  • One Nation, Indivisible: American 'Indian Country' in the Wake of City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Tully Rinckey Legal Power Hour (radio talk show)
  • "Back to School" issues concering Family and Education Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Jennifer
Child custody Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to her clients' success."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Incredible knowledge on child custody issues and family law matters. Thoughtful and considerate. Wonderful to work with."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jen is thoughtful, thorough, and knows the law and the process. She is always prepared and is pleasant to work with, which is not an easy feat when working on family court and matrimonial matters."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have no hesitation referring friends, family and clients to Jen. She is smart, diligent and friendly. I have received nothing but positive feedback from those referred to her, and consider her a valuable resource."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer goes "beyond the call of duty" in her work. She's both a thoughtful and brilliant attorney, and any client would be in good hands with her on their side on matrimonial matters. The field of matrimonial law is a high-conflict battlefield, both between the parties, and between the parties and their attorneys. Malpractice insurances place attorneys in a "high risk" category by recognizing the reality that: (i) emotionally charged cash-strapped clients will likely raise frivolous or exaggerated complaints against their attorneys as a result of sticker shock over the amount of legal fees, and (ii) people in failed relationships are, more likely than not, conflict-seeking, high-conflict personalities, unreasonable, or have some other personality disorder traits predisposing them to conflict and failures in their personal relationships with people in general. Nevertheless, despite those challenges, Jennifer is a professional in every sense of the word. I confidently endorse her"
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great counselor and adversary. Very respected in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jen is an outstanding attorney with a practice concentration in all family law matters. She has a keen insight into custody issues and a committment to excellence in how she handles her cases. She is an aggressive advocate for her clients, both in and out of the courtroom."
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